As an artist, nothing makes me happier than seeing someone connect and smile with my work. There’s no better feeling than when we experience a lift of our spirit. When captured, that exquisite moment can transcend our external environment.
Sculpture has given me a feeling of purpose, something that can be enjoyed by so many who will see and feel something for themselves.
A new world has opened up before me and I feel that I am still at the foot of the stairs, always wanting to see more, learn more, and share my inspiration and spontaneity with others.
As a viewer, we know the story, we have been there ourselves. We touch and recognise the excitement, the calm or the clutter. Dawn’s reflection on the idea of life’s journey as a complex layer of comfort and chaos, strength and fragility, authenticity and vulnerability. Strong, bold and beautiful.
I work in mixed media which includes: metal, resin, textiles, bronze metal and introducing bronze resin. Anything in mixed media can also be cast in bronze.
The process of casting bronze resin involves blending bronze powder with epoxy polyester resin to produce a material which is applied to the interior of a silicone mould. Subsequent applications of this will produce a shell into which an armature (metal frame) can be constructed. It is then rubbed back to reveal the surface and this can then be patinated (coloured) using a variety of chemicals.
Cold cast bronze technology has only been around for 60 years so the longevity of sculptures can only be assessed in this time frame. These works are frost proof but NOT shatter proof. A sculpture cast in bronze resin has a similar look and feel to traditional bronze, with its distinctive burnished finish, and shows amazing detail. It is also significantly more affordable than the traditional method of casting and hand finishing molten metal.
The foundries I cast my bronze with, use the lost wax method.
This informative video shows the steps in the process...
MY EARLIER WORK
As a child, I would love to sew and make creations or fossick around in the tool shed building things. This has had a great influence on my choice to use primarily found and recycled materials. I initially called my sculpture business after my Grandmothers, Ruby & Iris, as a celebration of the era, when things were made to last. From beginning to end, all of these one-of-a-kind unique sculptures have been entirely sculpted by my hand and infused with my heart and soul, which holds an inherent meaning far beyond something off the shelf.
Exploring a broad range of materials, techniques and processes, my works embrace the cycle of evolution in an imperfectly perfect way.
I love the ethos of 'beauty in imperfection'; this really captures my inspirations and the work, which I produce, I am influenced by tactile aged surfaces like aged hardwood off a jetty and fabrics, which are laden with memories and stories to tell. My passion is creating whimsical, expressive figures that have a slight hint of the unusual and a dose of playful.